A Recap Of 2017…

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I cannot believe that tomorrow it will be the year 2018!?!

I am a New Years baby, so I will also be celebrating my 22nd birthday!!! But before I look forward with anticipation, I want to take a look back at this wonderful year I have been blessed with…

Here are some of my year’s highlights in chronological order:

  • Turning 21 (& the surprise party Troy threw me!)
  • Troy & I vacationing in Florida with my grandparents
  • Getting accepted into my MSE School Counseling program
  • Celebrating my 5 year anniversary
  • 3 trips to Kings Island
  • Graduating college with my BA in psychology & minor in family development
  • Getting a substitute teaching job
  • Troy getting his first internship
  • Troy turning 21
  • Trips to Kentucky
  • Troy finishing his tattoo sleeve
  • Deleting my Facebook
  • Job shadowing a school counselor
  • The Bruno Mars 24k Magic Tour
  • Reds vs. Red Sox at Great American
  • The Minimalists: Less Is Now Tour
  • First time at a comedy club with Troy
  • Another wonderful Christmas
  • Reaching my 2017 blog goals thanks to ALL OF YOU! 💖

In summary, 2017 was incredible… Although these are just a few of my happiest moments, I definitely did not take the little moments for granted either. I am thrilled to see what God has in store for 2018!

Happy New Years Eve, everyone- please stay safe. 🥂🎉

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017:

Dear Younger Me

30 Before 30

What I Got For Christmas 2017

What’s In My Grad School Backpack

Ways To Say “I Love You”


What I Got For Christmas 2017…

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Merry CHRISTmas, everyone!  These kinds of blogs and youtube videos are always my favorite to look at each year… so I thought I’d make one myself!  These are super helpful for me when I am thinking of things to ask for or when I am thinking of things to give!

I also just wanted to add that I am blessed with the most thoughtful family and friends who put so much effort and love into my gifts each and every Christmas season.  God has given me my greatest gifts in life, and it is every one of them.

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Here is an overview of everything I received this year! From top to bottom, left to right…

  1. A heated throw blanket – from my parents
  2. 12 Days of Harry Potter socks – from Troy’s family
  3. Kate Spade wedding planner – from my parents
  4. Princess Diana book – from my BFF Katie
  5. Cream/gold shimmer Sperry duck boots – from my parents
  6. Navy Converse – from my parents
  7. 2018 planner – from my parents
  8. Kate Spade BRIDE2BE Notebook – from my parents
  9. Thomas Kinkade Disney calendar – from my parents
  10. Costa Rica book – from my parents
  11. Pandora jewelry cleaning kit – from my parents
  12. “I’ll be your Minnie” Disney bracelet – from Troy
  13. Disney Cinderella necklace – from Troy’s family
  14. Tommy Girl perfume – from my parents
  15. Minnie Mouse tsum tsum Lip Smacker – from my parents
  16. TRESemmé heat protection – from my parents
  17. Monster University hat – from my parents
  18. Home at the castle baseball tee – from Troy
  19. Pandora earrings – from my parents
  20. Disney Pandora bracelet w/ 5 Disney charms – from my parents
  21. 2 other Disney charms – from my brother and sister in law
  22. “Because I love you” Alex and Ani – from Troy
  23. “Happy Ever After” Katie Loxton bracelet – from my BFF Jordan
  24. Target, McDonald’s, Subway, & Graters gift cards – from my parents
  25. Michael’s gift card – from Troy’s family
  26. Elf brow pencil – from my parents
  27. L’oreal Lash Paradise mascara – from my parents
  28. Gelish nail polish – from my BFF Jordan
  29. Juicy fruit gum – from my parents
  30. ***I also got an awesome Tervis cup with my university on it… and my mom, sister in law, and I got Taylor Swift Reputation Tour tickets! (Not pictured for privacy reasons)

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and kept Christ at the center of it all!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight! 

Related Posts:

2017 Christmas Wishlist

2017 Christmas Decor

My ENTIRE Ornament Collection


I’M ENGAGED!!! The ring, the proposal, and all the other juicy details…


I know I usually post on Sundays… but as you can tell by the title, I GOT ENGAGED!

This calls for an early blog post! Ahhh!!!

The Proposal

Yesterday evening, Troy asked me to come over to his parents house and help decorate their family Christmas tree. While we were decorating, he handed me an ornament to put on the tree. The ornament was a man proposing to a woman and it said “forever and always starts now…”. My eyes widened, I turned around to look at him- and he was on one knee! I heard the words “Emily Ryann… will you marry me?”

This proposal was the most intimate, romantic, and special moment of my life so far. He had been planning this for weeks and was as cool as a cucumber when he asked… I just sobbed pure happiness the whole time.

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The Ring

Every time I look at this ring I want to burst out in *happy* tears! This is the most beautiful ring I have EVER seen! 1 carat heart shaped, with a halo of diamonds around the heart and halfway down the band. All of my wildest dreams were exceeded.

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Happily Ever After

After 5 1/2 beautiful years of being Troy’s girlfriend, I finally moved my promise ring over to my right finger… now I have a brand new ring on my left finger, and I AM HIS FIANCÉ!

Let the wedding planning festivities begin! This is going to be an unforgettable time in our lives.


On Wednesday December 13, 2017, Troy made me the happiest girl in the world.

I cannot wait to be his bride, and spend the rest of my life with my best friend and soul mate.

Related Posts:

Half a Decade…

2017 Christmas Wishlist…

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I absolutely love reading Christmas Wishlist blogs and watching these kinds of YouTube videos because they are SO HELPFUL! Whether you’re shopping for your significant other, family member, or BFF… here are some gift ideas and stocking stuffers for the special ladies in your life: 

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1. A wall calendar

A wall calendar is something you can glance at everyday and get a general monthly overview of what you have going on. Plus, it doubles as room decor- I love finding super cute ones!

2. A planner

Planners are great because you can take them everywhere with you and they help you keep track of your daily life and to-do lists. I love writing things down and crossing them off, I’m type A, so this is the perfect gift for me. I ask for a new planner every year and it is one of my favorite gifts. My personal favorites are the planners from Barnes & Noble.

3. Gift cards

I am not sure why gift cards have such a bad gift stereotype? I love them!  Some of my favorite gift cards to receive are for the movie theater, Target, and different restaurants. When you give a gift card you’re not just guessing on a gift that the person may or may not need, you’re giving them a choice.

4. Chapstick

It is the season of chapped lips! EOS, Burt’s Bees, and Baby Lips are all great choices! This year I want to try Lip Smacker’s Disney Tsum Tsum chapsticks- they look so cute!

5. Nail Polish

What girl doesn’t love receiving a new shade of nail polish in their stocking? I know I do! It may be a bit expensive, but I highly recommend checking out U-Spicy nail lamps. It was such a great investment for me and I love it! Because I have a nail lamp, I always ask for Gelish nail polish… it is the bomb!

6. Jewelry

Alex and Ani, Kendra Scott, Mantra Band, and Pandora! The options are endless and jewelry is timeless. This year I am asking for Disney Pandora charms so that I can start a complete Disney charm bracelet!

7. Sweatshirts

Pretty much any over sized sweatshirt that I can cuddle up in works for me. I’m not picky, I just want to be warm!

8. Food

This is a great gift idea if you are on a budget. Pinterest has tons of adorable holiday treat ideas. It’s fun to bake if you’re the giver, and eat if you’re the receiver. Food is always a good idea!

The most important thing to remember is the real reason for Christmas: the birth of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas! Thanks for following! XOXO

2017 Christmas Decor…

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It is officially time to start DECKING THE HALLS!😍

I am so excited to share with you how I decorate my bedroom for Christmas and make it super cozy and cute!


This is an overview of what my room likes when you are standing in my doorway…

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To the right of my door is my dresser, where I keep my favorite holiday candle (Bath and Body Works – Marshmallow Fireside) and these battery operated snowflake lights I picked up at the dollar tree!


To the left of my door is my nightstand, where I keep my jewelry box and my personalized snow globe that Troy got me for our 4th Christmas together.  I love this globe because it plays music and blows it’s own snow!


Beside my bed is my pencil tree! I picked this gem up at Michael’s and it was pre-lit. All the ornaments I showed in my latest blog are on this tree.


I also keep a battery operated candle in my window.


I keep two holiday throw blankets on my bed to make it extra cozy.  The tan one came from Khols and the white one came from Target.


Santa’s belt pillow came from Khols, and the two pillows sitting behind it came from Target.


On my desk I have some garland that I strung lights, pine cones, and berries through.  I also have a candle that lights up and blows glitter, and a sweet little snowman frame that I picked up from Khols.


Here is a final overview of my 2017 holiday room decor.

I hope you enjoyed- Merry CHRISTmas!

My ENTIRE Ornament Collection…


I am so excited to share my ornament collection with you all! I love love love ornaments. I have been collecting for about 6 years now, and each year when I get to add new additions to my tree it makes me feel all fuzzy inside!

I decorated for Christmas this weekend, and I wanted to give you a peek at what was on my tree before I shared my entire Christmas decor haul- so be on the lookout for that next Sunday!


My mom picked up these beautiful monogrammed ornaments for Troy and I last year!


These ornaments are apart of my round collection and my engraved collection.


The next category of ornaments I have is my vacation ornaments! I try to get an ornament every time I go somewhere new and exciting.


My next category of ornaments are gifted ornaments.  These ornaments were given to me by family and friends- I just adore them!


Ahhh… my personal favorite category of ornaments!  Mine and Troy’s!  We get a personalized one each year, and Troy had the ornament up top made for me, the picture on it is from our first high school dance together.  I love watching this collection grow!


And lastly, these are my new ornaments from 2017.  My brother and sister in law went to the largest Christmas store in the US and picked up these beauties for me: my favorite Disney princess, my birthstone angel, and an ornament of the ACTUAL VW BEETLE THAT I DRIVE (that one might be my favorite).  And my grandparents got me the Cinderella Carriage Hallmark Collectible.

What are your favorite ornaments on your tree?! 

What I Am Thankful For…

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Someone once asked me:

“What if tomorrow you wake up, with only the things you thanked God for today?”

Wow. How powerful is that?! It really stuck with me. Now when I pray each night, I make sure to give God all the glory for all His perfect gifts from above.

I thank God for my faith, health, and safety.

  • The fact that I get to have a relationship with Jesus Christ
  • My mental and physical health
  • An incredible country to live in, and great military/first responders that work tremendously hard to protect me and everyone else

I thank God for my family, loved ones, and pets.

  • My parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles (and a little extra prayer for my momma)
  • My true and wonderful friendships
  • My sweet fur babies

I thank God separately for Troy.

  • I thank Him for putting such an incredible man in my life
  • I pray that our relationship will continue to grow towards each other and towards Him
  • I pray for a lifetime of happiness and love, even in eternal life

I thank God for my opportunities and my possessions. 

  • Attending my masters program
  • Having a great job
  • A roof over my head, a warm bed to sleep in, a car to drive, and a laptop to do my schoolwork on

I thank God for giving me another day. 

  • I love being alive and I love being his light in this world.
  • Although I know heaven is going to be incomparable… I ask for another day here, because I have a beautiful life.
  • There is still so much I want to experience and give glory to God for.

The wrap up. 

  • I make sure to pray for those who may not have what I have, or those who are struggling.
  • I ask God to keep every single person healthy, happy, and safe… and most of all to lead them closer to Him.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🦃🍂💛🍁

All About MoviePass Subscriptions…

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I have always loved going to the movies, I probably go 2-3 times a month. People might think that’s over the top, but now I’ll probably go even more… thanks to MoviePass!😉

MoviePass is a monthly subscription that lets you see any movies you want in theatres for only $10 A MONTH! No joke! Just this month I have seen $70 worth of movies- for only $10!!!

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Once you go to http://www.moviepass.com and register for their $10 a month subscription, they send you your movie pass card!
  2. Next, you’ll need to download the free MoviePass app and register your movie pass card on it.
  3. Finally, use the app to check in at your local theatre. The app will load money onto your MoviePass card for you to purchase your ticket. It’s THAT SIMPLE!

What’s The Catch:

There’s no catch! No cancellation fees. It seemed to good to be true to me too, at first. But now that I have it, I’m never going back! I’ve seen $80 worth of movies this month for only $10!!! That’s an incredible deal.

Some Small Details:

  • You can only buy 1 movie ticket with each MoviePass card you own (they do not have a couples/family package yet, which I think is their only downfall)
  • You can only see one movie per day
  • You cannot purchase 3D tickets

I was perfectly fine with those limitations because I never do any of those things anyways!

Things To Remember: 

Before you purchase your MoviePass subscription make sure you check their website to see if the theaters near you are participating!

I pay $10 a month for unlimited movies and it’s a really beneficial subscription for me! If it sounds like it could work for you then I hope you give it a try! Happy movie-going! 🎥🍿

How To Support Your Man During Football Season…

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Ahhh… it’s the most wonderful time of the year again. From October-December I am always so thrilled for all of the holiday excitement! However, if you ask my boyfriend what the most wonderful time of the year is, he will tell you: football season.

If we’re being honest, I am not someone who is crazy about sports. I was a cheerleader my entire life and that was about the extent of my involvement in sports. I have been dating Troy for 5 years now, and I remember dreading football season because it meant he would always be watching it, or reading about it, or thinking about it.

Then I had an idea: I would start to try and care about football. I’d watch games and not complain about how long they were. I’d ask questions and make an effort to learn more. And now… I’ve made such strides that I am in in a fantasy football league with Troy and some of our family/friends! It is really fun once you get the hang of it!!!

Maybe you’re already a big sports fan and don’t need any advice… but if you’re anything like me, you started off clueless. Here’s what I did to start supporting my man during football season:

Support his team…

This concept is pretty simple… If you don’t have a favorite team, cheer with your man for his team! If you do already have a team, don’t trash talk his.

Get involved…

Play fantasy football with your man. Watch the games and show interest (even if you’re clueless). You can ask questions, but wait until a commercial comes on.

Understand his emotions…

Your man doesn’t tell you you that you’re overreacting when you cry during your favorite television show… so let him have emotions, too! If he’s mad about something that happened during the game, let him be mad. He cares about football and that is okay.

Give him alone time…

While it is nice to spend time together and bond over things that he likes, it’s also nice to let him have time to himself to watch some games. If there is a game that you don’t want to watch go do something else! Find a hobby for yourself (mine is blogging😉) and let your man do his thing!

Good luck to all the significant others out there this football season! 😊🏈

PSA: sporting events are NEVER an excuse for  domestic violence. Super Bowl Sunday holds the record for most domestic violence calls to 911 each year.

If you are in an abusive relationship, or know of someone who is trapped- seek resources, not excuses.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 


DIY Monsters Inc. Pumpkins…


I’m so excited to share this blog with you all! Troy and I celebrated 5 1/2 Years yesterday, so we decided to paint pumpkins! We picked monsters inc pumpkins because Troy loves Mike Wasowski (and I love Disney, obviously). 😉

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:


  • 1 small round pumpkin
  • 1 tall skinny pumpkin
  • Mike & Sully face cutouts (you can find these on google)
  • 4 toothpicks for the horns
  • Scissors
  • Blue, purple, and green acrylic paint
  • Modpodge
  • Hot glue gun

Here’s the process:

  1. The first thing you need to do is gather your materials, print and cut out the faces!
  2. Hot glue the toothpicks to the back of the horn cut outs.
  3. Paint one layer on the pumpkins. Let it dry.
  4. Paint a second layer on the pumpkins. Let it dry.
  5. Add a coat of modpodge to your pumpkins to protect the paint.
  6. Once all coats are dry, stick the toothpick horns into your pumpkins.
  7. Finally, hot glue the faces onto the pumpkins!



These pumpkins were super easy to make and they are a big hit! Everyone loves them! Happy painting!


“I wouldn’t have nothin’, if I didn’t have you.”💚💙💜